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Cantus Gregorian Chants

Cantus, Gregorian Chants

Continuing the vocal series by Eduardo Tarilonte, Cantus offers a real Gregorian Monk Ensemble featuring the sounds of the dark Middle Ages. A perfect tool for composers and sound designers to create ambiences and music for films, documentaries, video games and new age music.

Unparalleled realism, pure inspiration

Cantus is a unique choir library that aims for easily creating your own ultra-realistic liturgical melodies, without using any phrases. Cantus offers a powerful and innovative Phrase-Arranger which combines 24 words (120 elements including words and their syllables) with 5 true legato vowels (a, e, i, o, u) and a special Mmmh articulation, all at your finger tips in one patch.


Cantus offers:

  • 5 different true Gregorian style legatos (a, e, i, o, u)
  • Mmmh articulation
  • A powerful Phrase-Arranger with 24 words, 3 different articulations (staccato, fast and slow speeds).
  • Words can be split into a total of 120 words/syllables
  • Words can be combined with true legato playing while the corresponding vowel is automatically selected
  • A collection of 20 Gregorian chants splitted into 400 phrases.
  • 60 minutes of music
  • 19 soundscapes, created from vocal samples.
  • 6.000 samples (stereo, 44kHz, 24 bit), Library Size 2.8 GB.

Minimum Free Kontakt Player or Full Kontakt Version 5.8.1 required

Schola Gregoriana HispanaLet's not forget to give thanks to the Schola Gregoriana Hispana, an amazing gregorian ensemble with more than 25 years of experience and especially to its conductor Francisco Javier Lara who conducted the Monks of Silos for many years, gaining international fame with the album "Chant".


You can now download an update for your Cantus or Mystica Library in your Native Instruments user account or directly in the Native Instrument Service Center. With this update we introduced compatibility between Cantus and Mystica, allowing you to exchange Phrase Arranger presets between both libraries. This update is greatly recommended for all Cantus and Mystica owners.

Thomas Mavian for

"If you ever need to write something remotely connected to gregorian monks chanting you’d be a fool not to try Cantus - Gregorian Chants."

The Making of

"Recording a gregorian choir, has been a long awaited dream coming true since I started developing sample libraries in 2006. What looked like an easy task was totally the opposite. Finding a true gregorian choir is something hard to accomplish since there are not so many of them and just a few ones that are really good. Gregorian music has its own nuances, it is not just another choir, you cannot get the real feeling with a regular choir pretending to sing Gregorian. If you do not capture all those details and if you do not really love Gregorian music, you won´t be able to get that genuine sound. That sound which is so special, that touches your soul and transports you to the middle ages, to those lost abbeys covered by mist, the sound of the ancient bells pealing to pray. All those lost secrets, all that magic is contained in this library.

I decided to record Cantus in a dry enviroment for many reasons: Gregorian music and reverb are good partners, so I didn´t want to tie the recordings to any special room sound. There are so many impressive reverbs out there, that I chose to give complete control over the reverb characteristics.
The recording was carefully done with 8 Neumann microphones and mixed to get that true monks sound. I wanted you to feel the cold breath of the monk's singing mouths in those cold monasteries - right in your face while playing the library. This library is a dream come true for me, and like in every library I make, there is a lot of love in it. I hope you will get the same goosebumps, I got making it."

Enjoy your journey into those mysterious ancient days of the lost abbeys.  - Tari, February 2014


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Flag EN spaceProfessional Composers 05/2023

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"Cantus has a very powerful spiritual sound, and indeed captures that medieval and ancient Gregorian atmosphere. So if you ever wanted to try composing in this style, I can highly recommend Cantus." - Mikael Baggström

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Flag EN spaceSoundOnSound, 07/2014

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The vocals are beautifully performed by a genuine Gregorian Monk Ensemble and are thus ideal for composers requiring the sound of the Middle Ages — or for Enigma tribute bands. Sung majestically over an octave and a half of keyboard, all available words and vowels are readily switched in performance, with breath noise and sibilance given separate key ranges in batches of blue notes

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SChön ist dass auch hier einmal erwähnt wird, woher die Samples überhaupt kommen. So wird der Schola Gregoriana Hispoana gedankt.... Es ist erfreulihc dass eine höchst professionelle Mönchs Schola bereit war Stimmfragmente für eine Sample Library einzusingen und ein solches Vorhaben zu unterstützen...

Ein Highlight muss zum Schluss nioch erwähnt werden: Kein geringerer als Miachel Cretu, Matermind von "ENIGMA" wird mit folgenden Worten zitiert: "CANTUS ist für mich das beste PlugIn für Gregorianische Chöre überhaupt! Die Aufnahmequalität ist excellent! Ich werde CANTUS sicherlich in einer meiner nächsten Produktionen verwenden". Wenn das kein Ritterschlag ist!

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A very inspiring library that can put your arrangement onto a whole new level.

I’m sure that Eduardo will bring us some more vocal libraries in the future, so be prepared to leave your safe instrumental field, adding some new colors to your composition. In a previous issue I already represented you Shevannai: The Voice of Elves. In combination with Altus and Cantus, you already have almost everything that you need for spicing your cinematic, ambient or even electro songs. Almost, because Tarilonte never sleeps, so beware.

full Altus and Cantus review at Sound Bytes Magazine

Flag EN spaceFilm & Game Composers, 05/2014

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Eduardo Tarilonte also won an award this year for “Sample developer of the year” and I’d like to add “my voice to the choir” (pun intended!). Eduardo’s dedication to his libraries shows, or rather “hears”. He also gets the settings and hard work out of the way, the workflow is very smooth. I’m very interested in what he will make after this and I wish him the best of luck.

If you ever need to write something remotely connected to Gregorian monks chanting you’d be a fool not to try Cantus – Gregorian Chants. It’s fast to work with, has a very impressive legato engine, a really usable wordbuilder and sounds freakin’ awesome! Now I’m going back to the Mausoleum of Vigeland, chanting, humming, mmmming…

If you ever need to write something remotely connected to gregorian monks chanting you’d be a fool not to try Cantus - Gregorian Chants.

full Cantus review at

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Cantus und Altus bieten eine Vielzahl an Möglichkeiten für natürliche, mittelalterliche Gesänge. Neben den umfassenden Funktionen des Worldbuilders zur Erstellung eigener Verse können viele fertige Phrasen sofort verwendet werden.

Die Bedienoberfläche ist übersichtlich, die Arbeit geht schnell von der Hand und macht Spaß. Garant dafür ist nicht nur die intelligente Sample Architektur, sondern die stilprägenden, in hervorragender Audioqualität aufgenommenen Akteure, deren Gesang den Hörer sofort in die jeweilige Epoche versetzt. Filmmusik-Komponisten profitieren zusätzlich von den Klanglandschaften mit mischbaren Ebenen. Lediglich der kompromisslos authentische und daher begrenzte Tonumfang der Akteure stellt eine gewisse Einschränkung dar. Die Preise sind angemessen.

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+ Excellent Quality
+ Word Genereator is very flexible
+ Menacing Soundscapes
+ An hour of chanting
- Narrow foucus

We're huge fans of Best Service and the directions in which the company is taking music-making-plus the fact is prepared to produce niche libraries like these.

Cantus is another winner!

About Eduardo: This man creates legendary sounds and is fast becoming a legend in sound design because of it.

Full Cantus review at MTM

Flag FR spaceKR Homestudio 04/2014

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Trés beaux chants grégoriens d’Eduardo Tarilonte, bien articulés par le world builder, avec une banque de type Choeurs qui étend ses capacités grâce au générateur de phrases intégré à l’istrument virtuel sous Kontakt 5.3 (Player fourni).


Flag DE spaceBuenas Ideas 04/2014

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Cantus klingt nicht nur gut und authentisch, sondern ist auch absolut durchdacht und einfach zu bedienen. Der Wordbuilder bietet zwar nicht die Möglichkeit eigene Silben einzutragen kann aber auf einen umfangreichen Pool echter eingesungener Silben und Wörter zurückgreifen. Die Soundscapes sind eine echte Bereicherung von Cantus und die 400 fertigen gesungenen Phrasen, die zudem in der Geschwindigkeit einstellbar sind, ermöglichen eine schnelle und effiziente Produktion. Cantus kann sowohl in der Musikproduktion wie auch in der Filmvertonung hervorragend eingesetzt werden.

Cantus Test bei Buenas Ideas

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Cantus bedient eine Stilrichtung, in der es wenig Mitbewerber gibt und liefert einen sehr authentisch klingenden gregorianischen Mönchschor, der sich - richtig eingesetzt - im Arrangement nicht zu verstecken braucht und dank Wordbuilder und Legato-Artikulationen dazu auch noch sehr flexibel spielbar ist. Wer für seine Produktionen auf der Suche nach dieser Klangfarbe ist, kann mit Cantus wenig falsch machen.

+ Authentischer Grundklang
+ Hervorragendes Legato
+ Wordbuilder
+ Sinnvolle Bearbeitungsmöglichkeiten
- Eingabe von Einzelsilben könnte einfacher gelöst sein
- Lautstärkeanpassung einzelner Töne nur über Controller möglich Ganzer Cantus Testbericht

Flag DE spaceAmazona 03/2014

Amazona 3 stars for Cantus



Best Service Cantus bringt die faszinierenden Eigenheiten des gregorianischen Gesangs wirklich wunderbar rüber. Der Chor ist großartig, das Material gut ausgesucht. Dass ich beim Wordbuilder nun nicht völlig freie Hand habe: geschenkt. Auch diverse kleinere Ungereimtheiten bei der Soundbearbeitung und der Stimmführung lassen sich verschmerzen. Etwas schwerer wiegt da schon die extrem große Hauptlibrary, die viel Speicher verschlingt und nicht mehr viel Platz für andere Plug-ins lässt, wenn man nicht gerade am fetten Edelrechner arbeitet. Wer das vorher einplant, bekommt hier ein schönes Stück Musikgeschichte.

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Flag EN spaceThe Audio Spotlight 03/2014

TAS 5 stars


Price/Value: Cantus will set you back for around 200 Euros and frankly this isn’t that much when you consider the value you are getting. Perhaps I forgot to mention that Cantus will work with the free version of Kontakt (Kontakt player) and that for the same price you can get either boxed or download version of the library.

Conclusion:Cantus offers a lot of enjoyment and for the price it brings true Gregorian monks to your studio. The sound is amazing and there are a couple of flaws but all in all this a magnificent library.

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The following reviews have been placed by customers who also bought this product from us. All reviews are provided through eKomi, Europe’s largest independent customer review company.

5.0 of 5  
07.12.2023 langue: française

No surprise with E. Tarilonte : his tools are immediately ready for use and inspiring.Furthermore, he samples things, voices, instruments, that I never found before.

5.0 of 5  
05.12.2023 Language: englisch


5.0 of 5  
05.12.2023 langue: française

Parfait, complètement satisfait de mon achat (et du cadeau offert). Le produit est d'une qualité surprenante, l'installation ne souffre d'aucun désagrément...Et je m'amuse vraiment!


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Film & Game Composer 89/100

The Audio Spotlight 5 Stars
The Audio Spotlight, 5 Stars

Amazona 3 Stars for Cantus, Sehr Gut Redaktionstipp, Redaktionstipp

TAS Cantus Award
The Audio Spotlight
"Sample Library of the Year"



Michael Cretu
Komponist und einer der erfolgreichsten Musikproduzenten der Gegenwart, erreichte mit dem ENIGMA Projekt Nummer 1 in 24 verschiedenen Ländern, 17-mal Platin und 25-mal Gold, über 100 Millionen verkaufte Platten weltweit, davon über 50 Mio mit ENIGMA.

"Cantus ist für mich das beste PlugIn für Gregorianische Chöre überhaupt. Die Aufnahmequalität ist exzellent! Ich werde CANTUS sicherlich in einer meiner nächsten Produktionen verwenden.“

Luc Arbogast

Luc Arbogast
French musician of old instruments and a singer, songwriter. Albums: Odysseus, Oreflam, Metamorphosis, Fjall d’yr vinur, Canticum in terra, Hortus Dei, Aux portes de Sananda, Domus.
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"In Eduardo Tarilonte’s sample libraries, especially “Era II Medieval Legends”, I have found exceptional sound quality creative tools and a huge variety of early instruments. In my work, I place big demands on quality and workflow, particularly orchestration and high quality atmospheres. It has been a huge pleasure for me to work with these powerful tools and adapt them to my musical universe."


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This product works with the free Native Instruments Kontakt Player, the latest version can be downloaded through Native Access, Native Instrument’s download manager!

The minimum required Kontakt version for this product is stated in the product description or can be found on the manufacturers wesite.

System Requirements:


  • macOS 10.14 or higher 
  • 64 bit
  • Intel Core i5 or Apple M1 (native)
  • RAM: 4GB (6GB recommended)


  • Windows 10 or higher
  • 64 bit
  • Intel Core i5 or similar CPU
  • RAM: 4GB (6GB recommended)

Supported Interfaces:

  • Mac (64-bit only): Stand-alone, VST, VST3, AU, AAX
  • Windows (64-bit): Stand-alone, VST, VST3, AAX

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